GREAT HUCKLOW: Permission to get muddy in the Peak District

People of all ages who like getting muddied up are invited to help construct the mud walls of an Iron Age replica roundhouse in the Peak District.

The aptly named Mud Stomp is at the Nightingale Centre, a holiday and conference venue in Great Hucklow, from 10am on April 20.

People can take part in Iron Age activities including mixing materials, constructing the roundhouse, building a kiln and making pots. The event is free of charge. Clothing and boots suitable for getting muddy in must be worn.

Stella Burney, centre manager, said: “We want people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to come along and learn how our ancestors used to build houses over two thousand years ago.

“It’s fun to do and will help complete the Nightingale Roundhouse. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit too!”

The project has been supported by an £11,000 grant from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Pauline Beswick, who chairs the Sustainable Development Fund, said: “We’re pleased to support the Nightingale roundhouse project as it is inspiring people to appreciate the national park’s heritage and think about how old technologies our ancestors used to build houses could be used to make our modern lives more sustainable.”

For more information contact the Nightingale Centre, Ring 01298 871 218 or email